SEP 2014

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w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m E D I T O R ' S HOT PICKS SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY is a meetings destination that brings your group "double the impact and im- pression" with these twin cities conve- niently resting along either side of the red river. Go during Mardi Gras season and take part in the festivities. Order a Mardi Gras King Cake from Lilahʼs Bakery, which ships their King Cakes across the world. Or, have the bakeryʼs Grilled Cheese Truck stop by your event for a fun lunch. TOP PICKS: Shreveport/Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau (800) 551-8682, ext. 108 meetings "Book a conference by Dec. 31 & you could receive free extras, including a planning meeting & additional Hilton HHonors points." Hilton Shreveport (318) 698-0900 "Prime location in the heart of downtown's Riverfront District & attached to the Shreveport Convention Center. 313 guest rooms & full-service restaurant." Shreveport Convention Center (318) 841-4203 "Multi-purpose, state-of-the-art facility designed to accommodate any event. More than 350,000 square feet of meeting space." SHREVEPORT IN-DEPTH Visit for more about the Shreveport area through our interactive S H R E V E P O R T On-site Report By Wayne Waters S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 4 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ 43 Gators & Friends, just outside of Shreveport, is an alligator park and petting zoo featuring more than 100 American Alligators and a vari- ety of animals in the petting zoo. The attraction just opened a zipline course going through the park. The zipline offers seven individual runs between nine steel towers. Lengths vary from 150 feet to 720 feet directly over the top of Alligator Lake. And yes, there will be gators in the water directly below you. ■ Just 15 minutes from the Texas border, Shreveport-Bossier is home to six riverboat casinos. The newest of the bunch is the Margaritaville Resort Casino (pictured right), which made its debut last year. The 18-story property includes 396 rooms, a spa, a single-level gaming area, and a distinctively tropical theme—appropriate given itʼs named after the classic Jimmy Buffett song. At the Margaritaville Restaurant, you can even order the famed Cheeseburger in Paradise, and, on weekends, catch the hourly Volcano Show in which a bikinied lass slides into a giant blender of margaritas. Meeting space is somewhat limited here, but includes an 850-seat theater they rent out when performers like Travis Tritt and The Temptations arenʼt playing there. Additional casinos include Samʼs Town with an 18,000-square-foot grand ballroom, a 13,200- square-foot main ballroom that can be broken up into multiple configurations, and three meeting rooms of 1,000-plus square feet. ■ Bet BIG Dare BIG Take the plunge & zipline over gators!

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